10 Great Things about “Barbie in the Princess and the Pauper”

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Once upon a time, the toy company Mattel had a brilliant idea to sell Barbie dolls. The plan was to produce a series of movies that would star Barbie as the main character, and it worked! It started with Barbie in the Nutcracker in 2001 and Mattel continued to churn out at least a movie per year until 2017, at which point they decided to try producing a live-action movie. 

The fourth movie in the animated, direct-to-video franchise was Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper, and it was my absolute favorite of the lot. I had the dolls, the horse, the carriage, my sister and I even dressed up as Erika and Anneliese for Halloween. I love this movie. And in honor of the fact that I am a lot older and I can still enjoy this movie, I would like to list ten great things about this movie. (more…)

Thoughts on “Mr. Sunshine: Episode 1” (With SPOILERS)

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This past Saturday, Netflix started releasing episodes for their new Korean drama,
Mr. Sunshine. I don’t usually catch new dramas as they are airing, I usually watch them after they’ve completed, so I was really hoping that this would be the one I could watch as it came out, and as it happens, it might just be. (more…)

Five Drama Tropes (That I Hate)

Good afternoon, dear readers.

It’s a natural fact that there are some cliches and/or tropes that drive everyone insane. For some, this is the delicious new bad-boy at school, or the hardcore Asian chick with the purple stripe in her hair, or maybe it’s the “we hated each other at first, but now we’re totes in love” trope. I am sure that you, dear reader, have a few that come to mind that you hate, and this is simply a list of five of mine. That said, while many of these tropes can be found in western media, I mostly find them in Asian dramas. (They are also not in any particular order.)  (more…)

“Star-Crossed” Two Episodes In

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Over the course of the last few weeks, I have blasted through three different Asian Dramas: Black, Descendants of the Sun, and Refresh Man. After I finished the last one at 3 AM last night, I decided that watching something in English might be a nice change of pace, so I went through my recommendations and Star-Crossed popped up. Now, I’ve read Romeo and Juliet, and while it is not my favorite Shakespearean play I do enjoy it’s themes and gimmicks well enough. The main one being the idea of a set of lovers that are kept apart by the expectations of society. It’s my kind of cheese.

That said, I am barely two episodes in, and I have a few thoughts. (more…)

“Black” A (Spoiler Free) K-Drama Review

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Black is a very weird show. The Netflix description doesn’t do the show justice, because it is a steaming pile of questions. Like, “What the heck just happened?” and “Who is that? How do they tie into the big fat murder case?” What Black is actually about is a detective who kinda befriends a psychic woman right before getting shot, and the Grim Reaper that possesses his dead body for his own purposes. Oh, and the psychic and the reaper develop feelings for each other, because of course they do. (more…)

Review of “The Irregular at Magic High School”

The Irregular at Magic High School

Book by Tsutomu Sato

The Irregular at Magic High School is the first volume in a light novel series about siblings Tatsuya and Miyuki Shiba and their experiences at First High. A high school specifically designed to train magically-gifted child soldiers.  The school is split into two main groups, the Blooms, who are gifted with the ability to use and control magic, and Weeds, who can use magic, but aren’t as strong with it as the Blooms are. It is stated that the Weeds essentially exist to take the place of a Bloom in case he or she perishes. Miyuki has obvious magic potential and is placed with the Blooms, while her older brother Tatsuya, who is more mechanically inclined, is placed with the Weeds. (more…)